Rating in Tanzania
$ 7745

The Katavi and Mahale safari

Multi
Multi
min $ 7745
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Arusha, Katavi National Park
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 7745
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  • Itinerary

Overview

Discover outstanding game in the wild Katavi and chimpanzees in Mahale’s remote forests on the edge of Lake Tanganyika. This safari to Tanzania’s remote west must be one of the best wildlife and wilderness experiences in Africa.

The Katavi and Mahale safari

Discover outstanding game in the wild Katavi and chimpanzees in Mahale’s remote forests on the edge of Lake Tanganyika. This safari to Tanzania’s remote west must be one of the best wildlife and wilderness experiences in Africa.

Our safari camps are small and intimate accommodating a maximum 12 guests.

  • Arusha
  • Katavi National Park
  • Lake Tanganyika
  • 9 days/8 nights

Highlights of Katavi and Mahale

The extreme wilderness conditions and wildlife you’ll encounter in Katavi are a stark contrast with the almost surreal forest encounters in Mahale.

  • Outstanding game in Africa’s top parks
  • diverse habitats
  • extreme wildlife experiences
  • Katavi – Tanzanian wetlands and woodlands, home to leopard, zebra, elephant, lion and buffalo and large populations of hippo and crocodile. Good for bird watching
  • Lake Tanganyika – Second largest lake in the world with gin clear waters supporting around 500 species of endemic cichlids. The Great Rift Valley mountains surround the lake. Chimpanzees live in the Mahale Mountains National Park.

Both destinations share an extreme sense of uninhabited remoteness – Katavi is a 4 hour flight from Arusha. Mahale is a further 1 hour flight and 2 hours by dhow. We’re now 100 km from the nearest road!

Best time to go on safari in Tanzania’s wild west

  • July/August/September – best time to travel but also the busiest time of year in East Africa. Camps are small and available on a first come first served basis. Book early. 
  • Katavi is closed between 19 December to 1st June for the rainy season.
  • Mahale is closed 3rd week March to end of May.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha You're met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport for road transfer to Onsea House. Dinner, breakfast, early morning coffee & tea on the verandah and afternoon tea.
Day 2 - Katavi National Park Your guide will meet you after breakfast for transfer to Arush airport for your onward flights to Katavi. Met on arrival for game drive transfer to camp.
Day 3 - Katavi National Park You're staying in one of Africa's best wildlife destinations! Dramatic and adventurous. Hippos and crocodiles in the rivers and more mammals than any other reserve in Tanzania... enjoy!
Day 4 - Katavi National Park 4500 square kilometres of Tanzanian woods and wetlands to explore. Excellent array animal and bird, including leopard, elephant, zebra, buffalo and lion.
Day 5 - Katavi National Park Your final day at Katavi. A day of game drives and walks with your professional guide and to reflect and feel privileged to be able to explore such a remote and uninhabited area of Africa.
Day 6 - Leave Katavi for Lake Tanganyika Final game drive transfer to Katavi airstrip for your flight to Mahale. On arrival you'll hop onto a motorised dhow on Lake Tanganyika to camp.
Day 7 - Lake Tanganyika Stay at Greystoke Mahale in one of their comfortable wooden bandas with views across the sandy beach. Stylish rustic interiors made from dhow timber. A true barefoot paradise.
Day 8 - Lake Tanganyika Activities on a shared basis include: chimp trekking, forest walks, village visits, boat trips and deep water swimming in some of the cleanest waters in the world!
Day 9 - Leave Lake Tanganyika Boat transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Arusha (only on Monday and Thursday) to connect to your onward destination. We can help with your onward travel arrangements if you wish.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Zambezi
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